Tag Archives: Science Fiction

Revisiting Blade Runner [1992 re-release]

I recently re-watched this in preparation for seeing Blade Runner 2049 (review forthcoming), and judging from my Facebook “news” feed, so have a lot of other people. I’ve been a little surprised to see a quite negative stream of commentary … Continue reading

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Guardians of the Galaxy, vol 2 [2017]

For the past few months I’ve been having a slightly awkward conversation which, broadly, goes something like this: “Did you see that new Guardians of the Galaxy film eh? What great fun, best thing since sliced bread.” “I did see … Continue reading

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The Circle [2017]

Often when I read a negative review about a film, I’ll eventually come to the conclusion that the reviewer brought their own agenda to the review rather than coldly evaluating the work in its own terms. How valid that is … Continue reading

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Best Picture Oscar: Arrival [2016]

Aliens arrive, and linguist Louise Banks is sent to find out how to communicate with them. Interwoven with that, from the first scene, is her remembering the tragic life of her daughter, who died young. This is breathtaking science fiction … Continue reading

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The Martian [2015]

I broadly enjoyed The Martian at least in part because until after I’d seen it, nobody described it as Robinson Crusoe In Space – there is actually a film literally named that, but I’ve never seen it. “Robinsonades” could be … Continue reading

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Tomorrowland [2015]

Plucky young whiz-kid overcomes all odds to save the world using the power of Science!!! and Optimistism!!! Which sounds terribly positive, probably an antidote to our somewhat downbeat world, where the smart play seems to be the last fiddler left … Continue reading

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Jupiter Ascending [2015]

It would be easy to take a dim view of this utterly bonkers “Science Fiction” epic; if you’re coming to this from the basically modern tradition of realistic narrative cinema, you’re going to be disappointed. We have been seduced by … Continue reading

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